How to find friends who won’t let you fail [video]

15331925331_e333e17a34_zNote: read to the end for a special bonus I am offering through Oct 31st.

It was my birthday this week, and I woke up on my birthday to a nice present: someone I had never met had sent me $500.

Now, that might seem kind of strange.

But it wasn’t some accident. And it wasn’t luck. The $500 was in payment for a digital course I had created.

I don’t tell this story to brag — that’s not the point. I mention it because about two years ago, I looked at my business and I decided I wanted to make some changes. Here’s the never-before-told story of how that happened.

What I Was Doing All Wrong in My Business

Although I loved my clients and my work, I decided I was overleveraged with my sources of revenue – I was too dependent on the service-based billable hour. If I wasn’t at my desk, I wasn’t making money. If I was on vacation or had to leave the office for any reason, I wasn’t making money.

I decided that I didn’t want to be 100% dependent on the billable hour. I also wanted to grow and evolve and serve a larger audience. To do this, I knew I would have to expand my online presence, including blogging and podcasting.

There’s a saying “when the student is ready, the teacher will appear.” That’s what happened for me.

Enter Fizzle

Around that time, a new training program and community of small entrepreneurs, small business owners and wannabe business owners was forming. It was called, and it was created in about September 2012 by three guys named Corbett Barr, Caleb Wojcik and Chase Reeves. It was just what I needed.

The “3 C’s” as they are known put together an incredible community of like-minded entrepreneurs. People who wanted to grow an online platform or who already had an offline business and who wanted to use online tools to increase their impact and income.

As you guys know, I always say that relationships are everything.  And through Fizzle, I have forged some amazing relationships with other solopreneurs like me who aspire to make a bigger dent in the universe in an ethical way.

These supportive Fizzlers have helped me in numerous ways, such as:

  • Darlene Hildebrandt, a great photographer and writer, who took the time to photoshop my headshot and critique my videos. (Darlene is offering an awesome photo deal right now.)
  • Tony Rulli, who responded to my desperate call for help when I needed help with Facebook ads one early morning. I have since hired him to run Facebook ads for me and he’s amazing.
  • Omar Zenhom, co-founder of The $100 MBA, who I’ve collaborated with on numerous projects.
  • Kevin Johns, a novelist and writing coach who helped me to create an ebook version of my Connect with Influencers course.
  • John Muldoon, who has helped critique my website and always makes me laugh when I’m feeling stressed
  • Julia Tunstall, who runs MastermindFinder, who has been a constant source of support
  • Bree Brouwer, who has given me tons of feedback on my progress log.
  • JJ Jordison, an entrepreneur and event producer, who has helped me with positioning.
  • Tom Morkes, who has become a good friend and created a mastermind group with me.


That’s literally just the tip of the iceberg. There are many, many more.

I recorded a new video where I show off the new and recently-improved inside of Fizzle. Watch it here:

How Fizzle Grew My Revenue

Now, all of this wasn’t easy. It took a lot of hard work to get to this point. (If you want to know more about my evolution over the past few years, read my guest post on the Fizzle blog)

But here’s the before and after picture, and how Fizzle has impacted my business:

Before Fizzle email subscribers: 200 subscribers

After Fizzle email subscribers: closing in on 7,000 (3,400% increase)


Before Fizzle website traffic: my Mom and my dog

After Fizzle website traffic: 50K pageviews/mo


Before Fizzle revenue from blog and digital products: $0

After Fizzle revenue from digital products: approx. $4,000-$5,000/month and growing


Before Fizzle guest posts: N/A

After Fizzle guest posts: today, I write or have written for Forbes, Huffington Post, Psychology Today, Art of Manliness, BoostBlogTraffic, Smart Passive Income, etc.

I’ve also appeared on dozens of podcasts including The Art of Charm, Entrepreneur on Fire and Listen Money Matters (co-created by another Fizzler Matt Giovanisci) as a guest on CreativeLive, and I am going to be featured in at least two books in the next year.

(I have an ongoing progress log in the Fizzle forums that chronicles how I grew this side of my business between August 2013 and today. You need to be logged in to read it.)

I am not making so much that I’m able to go buy a boat and retire. But the revenue is significant, it is growing, and the products leverage my time much greater than one-to-one service.

I’ve created timeless products that I could sell for the next 10 years. I am on pace to make $100,000 over the course of the next 12 months from one of the products I’ve created.

Thanks to everything I have learned in Fizzle, today I am not 100% dependent on the billable hour. There have been numerous occasions over the past year where I’ve been out to lunch, or out with friends, or spending time with my kids, or sleeping, and someone somewhere who I’ve never met has sent me money. And that’s super cool.

How Does this Affect You?

I am sharing all of this because I know a lot of you who read what I write think the same way. You want to grow your current business, or you want to start a new business, or you simply want to get better at using relationships to grow your career and increase your income in an ethical way.

And you know your relationships are central to all of these things.

Now imagine what it would be like if you had friends who wouldn’t let you fail?

Imagine if you were surrounded by people who are completely, 100% supportive of what you are trying to do. The business you want to create. The future you want to inhabit.

How would that make you feel?

I write about how to build relationships in our inter-connected world, and so I hear all the time about people who are struggling with their current relationships. They ask me what they should do. And I can honestly say if you find you are not surrounded by a group of people who support you, then find a new community who does support you. That’s what Fizzle is for me.

If what I’ve written resonates with you, then I hope you’ll give Fizzle a shot.

I am also sharing this for selfish reasons: because I want cool people to join Fizzle. (Full disclosure: I also get a modest affiliate commission if you sign up through my link, but that seriously is a very minor consideration.)

Fizzle has a free, 30-day trial for $1. However, I want to make this an even better deal. If you sign up through my link, I’ll give you access to my Power Networking System product for free. That’s a $97 value you can get for a $1 trial.

The deadline to get this bonus is October 31st.  After that, the Fizzle deal will still be available but the bonus is going away.

You can sign up here:

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